Axios Charlotte

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January 31, 2024

๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ Hello, Wednesday! It's Laura, thinking about how Justin Timberlake snubbed Charlotte in his upcoming "Forget Tomorrow" tour.

๐ŸŒง Weather: Early rain but sunshine in the afternoon. High of 51ยฐ.

๐ŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte members Pamela Green and Kelly Gardner!

๐Ÿ’ผ Looking to take the next step in your career? Check out our job board to see who's hiring.

Situational awareness: Anthony "Wes" Wesley, longtime sommelier of McNinch House Restaurant, passed away on Saturday, the Unpretentious Palate reports.

  • You can read about his life and legacy told through friends and former colleagues, here. Our thoughts are with his family and those who knew and loved him.

Today's Smart Brevityโ„ข๏ธ count is 740 words โ€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: ๐ŸŽฅ Best big screens in town

The Independent Picture House in NoDa. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

If the cold weather makes you crave a trip to the movies (same), you're in the right place, Axios' McKenzie Rankin writes.

State of play: Charlotte has lost several beloved movie theaters in the past few years, including the Manor Theatre, Regal Phillips Place and Regal Cinebarre Arboretum.

Yes, but: Others like the Independent Picture House have popped up in their place.

  • Movie-going in Charlotte and beyond remains a popular pastime despite the industry's challenges.

What's happening: We've created a guide to 11 of Charlotte's movie theaters โ€” from the cozy locally owned spots to the well-known chains.

  • This guide includes everything to know before you head out, like ticket prices, discounts and amenities (hello, reclining seats) โ€” all listed in no particular order.

Grab your popcorn and read the full guide

2. ๐ŸŸ Charlotte's oldest stadium

Former President Franklin Roosevelt traveled to Charlotte to dedicate the stadium in 1936. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Before Bank of America Stadium, Spectrum Center or even the old Charlotte Coliseum, there was American Legion Memorial Stadium, Axios' Ashley Mahoney writes.

Why it matters: Charlotte's oldest stadium is a beloved piece of the city's history. It has seen everything from concerts to political rallies, plus festivals and sporting events.

What's happening: This year, two new professional sports teams will call Memorial Stadium home and share it with the Charlotte Independence minor league soccer team.

Read about the stadium's history

3. ๐Ÿ’• Valentine's Day pop-up

The "Warm Fizzy Feeling" cocktail, made with Aviation gin, Ramazzotti Rosato, raspberry, lemon, El Guapo love potion bitters and soda ($14). Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Billy Sunday will turn into a Valentine's-themed pop-up starting tomorrow through Feb. 28, McKenzie writes.

What's happening: The "My Bloody Valentine" pop-up is a twisted take on Valentine's Day โ€” think Valentine's Day meets Halloween.

  • There'll be themed cocktails like the "'Til Death Do Us Part," served smoked with pineapple rum and Aperol, and the "Bleeding Heart," made with vodka, grenadine, lemon and Sprite.
  • To snack on, there'll be a meatball parfait with pork beef and veal meatballs ($8) and a flourless chocolate cake ($13).

Details: The pop-up hours are Monday-Thursday 5-10pm, Friday 4pm-midnight, Saturday noon-midnight and Sunday noon-10pm.

Sponsored job listings

Is a new job in your future?

๐Ÿ’ผ Check out who's hiring around the city.

  1. Director of Advancement Services at Central Piedmont Community College.
  2. Fire Battalion Chief at Town of Matthews.
  3. Licensed Insurance Agent - Sales at Insurance Options of the Carolinas.
  4. Preconstruction Assistant at Harker.

Want more opportunities? Check out our Job Board.

Hiring? Post a job.

4. ๐Ÿ€ Speed reads: Ballers gonna ball

The Hornets selected Brandon Miller second overall in the NBA draft last June. Photo: Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

๐Ÿ’ซ Hornets rookie Brandon Miller is heading to the NBA All-Star weekend in Indianapolis for the Rising Stars game, which highlights younger players in the league. (Axios)

๐Ÿ€ Charlotte legend Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors jersey is this season's top-selling NBA jersey.

  • Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball's jersey is the 13th best-selling NBA jersey. (NBA)

๐Ÿ“– New Panthers head coach Dave Canales and his wife wrote a book about their marriage. (Observer ๐Ÿ”’)

๐Ÿฉบ Central Piedmont Community College is expanding its nursing program to 300 students (up from 200) to help meet the need for more registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in the Charlotte region. (Central Piedmont)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น A new Italian bistro and market called Mano Bella recently opened in SouthPark. (Instagram)

๐Ÿ› Simply Southern, a men's and women's apparel brand, will open a new store at Charlotte Premium Outlets this month. (Axios)

๐Ÿ’• The Mint Museum is open late and free from 5-9pm on Valentine's Day. (Instagram)

๐Ÿˆ The Carolina Panthers have hired four assistant coaches. (Panthers)

Sponsored event listings

Letโ€™s hang out

๐Ÿ“† Find things to do on our Event Board.

  • Director's Choice Exhibit Opening Reception at Cain Center for the Arts on Friday: Cain Center's Simone El Bey has curated a special exhibit showcasing talented local artists. Proceeds benefit Cain Center's Community Impact Programs. Refreshments provided.
  • Job Readiness Workshops, presented by Mecklenburg County at David Williamson Jr. Indoor Pavilion at Hornets Nest Park on Feb. 6: Want a career in construction, facility maintenance and management, or advanced manufacturing? Get job ready with Mecklenburg County. Register for a free Job Readiness Workshop on Feb. 6 or 7.

Want more things to do? Check out our Event Board.

Hosting? Purchase an Event Listing.

5. ๐Ÿ˜ด N.C. is sleepy

๐Ÿ˜ด Share of adults getting fewer than seven hours of sleep per night, on average
Data: Apple Heart and Movement Study; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

Most U.S. adults aren't getting enough sleep, Axios' Carly Mallenbaum writes.

Why it matters: At least seven hours of sleep nightly is recommended for the average adult.

  • Fewer than seven hours, and studies suggest you could be more at risk for health concerns like stroke.

By the numbers: Americans get less than six and a half hours a night on average, according to a study that tracked the sleep of Apple Watch users from February to June 2022.

  • About 69% of North Carolinians are getting fewer than seven hours of sleep per night on average.

How to get more sleep

6. ๐Ÿˆ Wake up like the Stewarts

Jonathan and Natalie Stewart on their show "Lately," which highlights locally owned spots in Charlotte, like meal kit service Table & Twine shown here. Photo: Courtesy of Natalie Stewart

We're back with another look at how influential people in Charlotte spend their mornings.

Context: McKenzie recently spoke with former Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart and his wife Natalie about their new venture: A WCCB show about local small businesses called "Lately."

She asked the couple what they typically have for breakfast.

"If anyone wants to know what Jonathan's post-career is [like], he is eating steak (that he's up grilling at 6am) and making at-home matcha lattes for himself."
โ€” Natalie Stewart
  • Natalie added that she usually has some of that steak and whatever is leftover from making her daughters' lunches, "like the crust of a PB&J."

Read about the show

๐Ÿ‘€ Following the news about our snowless winters, we asked our Instagram followers if they're still holding out hope for a few flakes this year.

  • โ„๏ธ 71% of the 2,620 responses said yes!
  • โœ‹ The other 29% say they prefer a snowless winter.

๐Ÿฅถ Personally, I've had enough snow this year after our team's Beech Mountain adventure a few weeks ago.

S/O to Katie Peralta Soloff for editing this newsletter and Lucia Maher for copy editing.